Individual Author Record
Butler was born and raised in Rantoul. After returning with her family from Japan, she lived in Central Illinois the rest of her life.
Biographical and Professional Information
Geil Evans Butler was born in 1920 and raised on a farm near Rantoul, Illinois. She was educated in Rantoul schools and Barry Castle School of Business Training in Champaign. After her family returned to the Central Illinois area from Japan, she worked as a legal secretary for 19 years and owned an arts and crafts store in Rantoul called Rainbow's End. Butler enjoyed many activities, including sewing, sketching, costume design, painting, genealogy, creating scaled miniatures and writing. Her work was published in craft and miniature magazines and area seniors publications. She also regularly published historical columns in local newspapers. She was a charter member of the Rantoul Historical Society, member of the foundation board as advisor and performed almost 5,000 hours of volunteer work at the Chanute Air Museum. In 1999, Butler was an Illinois recipient of the Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award for her role in helping preserve the history of Rantoul, increasing public awareness through her newspaper columns and working with the Rantoul Historical Society. In 2000, the Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce presented Butler with the Marvin Remmers Volunteer of the Year Award. She was selected as Ms. Rantoul at Rantoul’s sesquicentennial celebration in July 2004.
- Pin A Medal On Me, Tales Press, 2000
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Pin A Medal On Me
Tales Press. 2003
Only a few years after the end of World War II, Geil Evans Butler and her young daughter, Bonnie, traveled to Japan to join Butlers husband, who was a U.S. Air Force sergeant stationed there. Apprehensive and homesick at first, Geil Butler describes her life in a new and different culture, as well as the journey of personal growth she experiences with a range of emotions.
Studs Terkel Humanities Service Award